Monday, December 29, 2014

COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER MUST RESIGN

 COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER


Maureen Walker Must Resign

Comptroller Maureen Walker continues to fool the people of Mount Vernon. Recently, Mount Vernon Exposed wrote an article explaining how Mount Vernon officials are hiding from the citizens, the removal of the library from the City Budget. The library is now a separate tax, and taxpayers should be receiving a City tax credit because the library with its millions in cost, comes off the city books. Instead, Mayor Ernie Davis, Comptroller Maureen Walker, and Councilpersons, Apuzzo, Edwards and Griffith, approved a 4.5% tax increase. When the separate library tax is factored in, Mount Vernon taxpayers will be paying an additional 13% more in taxes in 2015.

In her rebuttal, Maureen Walker never addressed the library, which was the main issue discussed in the article. Comptroller Walker is “in” on the fix to keep the Citizens of Mount Vernon uninformed. Maureen Walker, as financial watchdog of the City of Mount Vernon, should have been publicly explaining to Mount Vernon citizens about the tax con game that is being waged against them.  However, she has aligned herself so deeply with the people who are sucking the resources from Mount Vernon that she purposely leaves our citizens in the dark.  Please explain, Comptroller Walker, why the City budget contains raises for employees in your department, while you continue to force foreclosures on the elderly who cannot afford to pay these outrageous taxes?


Comptroller Walker also needs to inform the citizens of Mount Vernon, the details of a State audit of her payroll department that was so egregious, it led to the suspension of employee Marsha Simpson, and the forced retirement of employee, Greg Bowman. I will distribute the full details of this audit in which taxpayer monies were misappropriated, or outright stolen, when it is released by State Auditors later next month. As the head of the Payroll Department which is part of the Comptroller’s Department, Maureen Walker should resign, because the buck stops at the top. She has no clue how to manage her department and is using others as scapegoats for her failures. Maureen Walker spends too much of her time in City Hall monitoring her outside businesses via the City provided internet service, and not enough time managing her department.

Maureen Walker abused her power for Dave Jaikaran, a friend of her husband, Robert Walker. Jaikaran is the owner of a house being built on 413 S. 5th Avenue. The Comptroller lobbied several members of the Zoning Board to turn a blind eye on his house being built much to close to the lot line needed to obtain a Building Permit. She also manipulated Building Commissioner Warren to overlook the mandatory Zoning Board approval needed to issue the Building Permit. Sources reported that Maureen Walker promised Mark Warren to keep his Commissioner Job if she becomes Mayor when Mayor Davis goes to jail. Sources also reported that the Walkers would receive a hefty campaign contribution by Dave Jaikaran.

Maureen Walker has become a disaster as Comptroller. Ms. Walker purposely keeps vital information from the public. Her Comptroller’s office is mismanaged and is costing taxpayers millions. It is time for Comptroller Walker to resign, because she is the financial watchdog of a City with the worse finances in New York State. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

CONVICT MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS AND COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER SET TO APPROVE 10.4% TAX INCREASE

CONVICTED CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS

CORRUPT COMTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER


At a time when prices at the pump are falling, taxes in Mt. Vernon are set to rise by double digits if Mayor Davis and Comptroller Walker get their way. Three members of the Council - Griffith Apuzzo and Edwards - are also on board as rubber stamps to approve an effective 10.4 % tax hike for 2015.

Find time to attend the Council hearing on December 23 at 7pm to voice your outrage about the city taking the jingle out of your pocket! 

This is your chance to fight for what's in your wallet! Tell a friend and neighbor to join the demand for a tax refund! 

Mount Vernon’s Mayor, Comptroller, and some members of the City Council, are taxing Mount Vernon into financial ruins. If the proposed 2015 budget is passed, Mount Vernon will be hit with a double-digit tax increase. With this increase, Mayor Davis, and Comptroller Maureen Walker would have raised city taxes 30.6% in four years. 

Mount Vernon is one of the only cities in New York State that has opted out of the 2% or less tax cap, and has done so, 4 years in a row. The casualties of this destructive taxing behavior can be seen throughout the City of Mount Vernon. Property values have tumbled, common everyday services are not being provided, houses are crumbling, and homeowners are losing their homes in record numbers.

While citizens struggle to stay afloat, Mayor Davis refused to pay on his personal and property taxes. Mayor Davis by his own admission, has pleaded guilty on 2 misdemeanors which makes him a known criminal and faces incarceration in Federal prison, when he is sentenced on January 26th.

Mayor Davis has solicited residents to send letters to the sentencing Judge on his behalf, asking for leniency. However, he and Comptroller Walker have shown no leniency to residents who fall behind on their property taxes. Davis and Walker have foreclosed on a record number of taxpayers in the past 3 years. Sources have reported that personal friends of Maureen Walker have purchased foreclosed homes for little or nothing, while evicted Grandmothers were not offered a payment plan in order to stay in the their homes. They were thrown out in the streets.

Mayor Davis and Maureen Walker are asking for a 4.5%, 2015 tax increase. What he and Comptroller Walker are hiding from the public, is that Mount Vernon’s Library has been removed from the city budget, and is now a separate tax. Four Million, three hundred and fifty thousand ($4,350,000) comes off the city books. That was 5.9% of last year’s City budget, which should now be refunded to taxpayers. Although the library budget came off the city books, and should reduce city taxes, Ernie Davis and Maureen Walker proposed a 2015 tax increase. If you add the proposed 4.5% tax increase to the separate 5.9% library tax, you will realize that taxpayers will be paying 10.4% more in taxes next year. Davis and Walker are trying to keep the citizens in the dark.

Tax increases in the last 4 years under Ernie Davis and Maureen Walker, are 2012 (7.8%), 2013 (6.2%), 2014 (6.2%), and 2015 (10.4%). Therefore, our Mayor and Comptroller have hit the people of Mount Vernon with a whopping 30.6% increase in the last 4 years.

The 2015 proposed budget, consist of increases in pension cost. Pension cost is tied to the stock market performances 5 years prior to the budget year. Pension cost for 2015 should decrease, because of the rise in stock equities in 2010. It should continue to decrease for years to come, because the stock market has increased each of the last 5 years, and is in record territory. The 2015 budget also comprises of raises for Commissioners, and spending for unnecessary projects. Meanwhile, services in Mount Vernon continue to go down.

City Council members, Yuhanna Edwards and Roberta Apuzzo have voted for obscene tax increases, four years in a row. Marcus Griffith has voted for unnecessary tax increases, two years in a row. Since Comptroller Maureen Walker has taken office in 1992, she has never provided a solution to bring the budget down to an acceptable level. Comptroller Walker, the financial watchdog of Mount Vernon, has turned her back on the people of this city. She has remained silent while Mount Vernon taxpayers are being fleeced. Mount Vernon has the highest foreclosures and the worse ratio of taxes to property values in the State of New York.  Maureen Walker is the Comptroller and financial watchdog of a hemorrhaging city. Her performance is embarrassing, and she should resign.

Mount Vernon is in trouble. Some of our elected officials are driving its residents into financial ruins. We have a Mayor who may go to jail, a Comptroller who has joined forces with him to raid the coffers, and some City Council Members who are not protecting our city. Ernie Davis and Maureen Walker were elected to look after the best interest of Mount Vernon, but have pushed it to the brink of disaster.



Monday, November 24, 2014

URGENT HEALTH ADVISORY- DRINKING WATER IN CITY OF MOUNT VERNON MAY BE CONTAMINATED








The public drinking water supply in the City of Mount Vernon may be at risk because of convicted criminal Mayor Ernie Davis' greed and backdoor deal making.  If a terrorist wanted to tamper with and poison the drinking water supply in the area, the City of Mount Vernon would appeal immensely to someone looking to engage in nefarious behavior.  That is, because The City of Mount Vernon is a lawless society like the Wild West where pay to play politics is embraced and is part of the local culture.

It is well known that Mayor Ernie Davis is known to break laws and do as he pleases.  Just recently Mayor Davis plead guilty to (2) Federal tax evasion crimes, which shows Mayor Davis' complete disregard of the law. 

Westchester County and New York State law mandates that all new water service connections have a device installed called a backflow preventer or backflow prevention device.  A backflow preventer is a means or mechanism to prevent backflow. Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow of non-potable water or other substances through a cross-connection and into the piping of a public water system or consumer's potable water system.

Backflow into a public water system can pollute or contaminate the water in that system (i.e., backflow into a public water system can make the water in that system unusable or unsafe to drink), and each water supplier has a responsibility to provide water that is usable and safe to drink under all foreseeable circumstances. Furthermore, City of Mount Vernon residents generally have absolute faith that water delivered to them through the public water system is always safe to drink. For these reasons, The Mount Vernon Board of water supply must take reasonable precautions to protect the public water system against backflow. There are two types of backflow... backpressure backflow and backsiphonage.

Backpressure backflow is backflow caused by a downstream pressure that is greater than the upstream or supply pressure in a public water system or consumer's potable water system. Backpressure (i.e., downstream pressure that is greater than the potable water supply pressure) can result from an increase in downstream pressure, a reduction in the potable water supply pressure, or a combination of both. Increases in downstream pressure can be created by pumps, temperature increases in boilers, etc. Reductions in potable water supply pressure occur whenever the amount of water being used exceeds the amount of water being supplied, such as during water line flushing, fire fighting, or breaks in water mains.

Backsiphonage is backflow caused by a negative pressure (i.e., a vacuum ~ or partial vacuum) in a Public water system or consumer's potable water system. The effect is similar to drinking water through a straw. Backsiphonage can occur when there is a stoppage of water supply due to nearby fire fighting, a break in a water main, etc.

There are two businesses in the City of Mount Vernon that would appeal to a terrorist if one were looking to commit an act of terrorism against the people in the area.  Sue's Rendezvous located at 96 Gramatan Avenue and the Steam House restaurant located at 128 Gramatan Avenue.  Can you imagine the devastation that would occur if a terrorist poisoned and/or tampered with the local water supply?  Local reservoirs are heavily guarded against terrorist, which would make it virtually impossible to tamper with the water supply.  Sue's Rendezvous and the Steam House Restaurant are not guarded against tampering and/or poisoning the local water supply. 

Each and every week thousands of partygoers pack these two establishments that according to Westchester County law and health department requirements, should not be operating.  Even though it was mandated that these two businesses install the required backflow devices, Mayor Davis instructed his staff and his building commissioner to ignore the back flow requirements and let the businesses operate without hindrance and interference from city officials.   The same proprietor that owns Sue’s Rendezvous owns both properties.  Sources say that Mayor Davis and the proprietor of Sue's Rendezvous are friendly and is a major supporter and campaign donor of Mayor Davis. 

A complaint was filed with the City of Mount Vernon Department of Buldings, but Mayor Ernie Davis has instructed the building department staff not to take any enforcement action against his "friends".  


Please call the Westchester Department of Health immediately at (914) 813-5000 and file a complaint and 
demand that they enforce the law for Sue's Rendezvous.   Your health is at risk.   To be continued........

Friday, November 14, 2014

MOUNT VERNON POLICE OFFICER ON PROBATION FALSELY ARRESTS AND ASSAULTS COMMUNITY ACTIVIST SAMUEL L. RIVERS





Mount Vernon Exposed has obtained exclusive footage of the false arrest of Mount Vernon Exposed publisher Samuel L. Rivers that shows poorly trained Mount Vernon police officers in action.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Rivers was filming a traffic stop on Sandford Blvd in Mount Vernon.  Rivers told Mount Vernon Exposed that he began filming the stop because he witnessed the car detained for an extended amount of time.  Rivers also said that he filmed the incident because of the recent shooting by disgraced P.O. Sgt. Marcucilli, a rogue police officer that has cost Mount Vernon taxpayers close to $1M in lawsuit settlements due to police misconduct and police brutality. 

Rivers also revealed to Mount Vernon Exposed has been investigating allegations of misconduct by Mount Vernon police officers for the past 5 years and will be releasing video in the coming days that  will show the Mount Vernon Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating department policy . 

While filming, P.O. Greene abruptly stops what he is doing and arrests Mr. Rivers without warning and for no apparent reason only stating he was arresting Mr. Rivers for "harassing a police officer”.   Mr. Rivers simply asked the police officers why they were not wearing their hats when the Mount Vernon Police Departmental manual instructs them to do so while outside of their vehicles.  The manual specifically states:

DUTY UNIFORM
POLICE OFFICERS

CAP

Regulation Police hat with eight (8) points; blue piping with black adjustable hatband. Worn with M.V.P.D. Police Officer silver hat shield indicating shield number. Cap may be removed while in Department vehicle while on R.M.P. duty, but must be worn squarely on head when not in vehicle.

A. Optional Uniform Hat for summer wear is the same as above except with open blue cane band for ventilation.

B. Optional Faux Fur Trooper Cap, with cap device mounted in the front. Color black or navy blue, quilted insulated linings, fold down flaps.

Mount Vernon Exposed later learned that P.O. Greene is probationary officer, which means he can be fired within 18 months for not performing his job properly and without interference from the Mount Vernon P.B.A.  P.O. Greene should be relieved of his job duties immediately because he already shown that he is a huge liability to Mount Vernon taxpayers.

The video also shows that white police officers have trouble communicating with the black community.  Officers were seen on video telling the crowd recording the incident to "Get the fuck out the street" and not answering questions from concerned onlookers in a humane and respectable manner.

Rivers could be heard telling the probationary officer to call a Sergeant or supervisor to the scene because Rivers knew he was being arrested illegally.  The officer ignored Rivers repeated calls for a supervisor to come to the scene.  Instead, the probationary officer takes command of the scene while more experienced officers looked on and assisted the probationary officer with making the illegal arrest.

In the video when the supervisor finally does arrive on the scene, the probationary officer continues to do as he pleases and even goes so far as to yank Mr. Rivers with excessive force in the back of the police car while in handcuffs.   Throughout this entire ordeal, the probationary officer does not confer with his superior.


Nothing short of termination is the appropriate disciplinary action for this police officer. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CRIMINAL MAYOR AND FORMER DPW COMMISSIONER RIG LIGHTING CONTRACT THAT WILL REAP THEM MILLIONS IN PUBLIC FUNDS







In just a few short hours, Ernie Davis and comrades will pull off the heist of the century via the LED lighting contract to replace 4,400 streetlights throughout the City of Mount Vernon. 

A complaint was filed with the U.S. Attorney regarding the Request for Proposal to replace all of the streetlights in the City of Mount Vernon.

Former DPW Commissioner Terrance Horton an Mayor Davis have teamed up and rigged the Request for Proposal so that it is awarded to Horton's sham vocational program or through another contractor of their choosing. 

The request for proposal was never advertised legally in the newspaper so companies outside the world of Ernie Davis would see it.  Federal investigators should invest in renting space in City Hall until Ernie Davis is sent to jail because Ernie and his minions are determined to loot Mount Vernon dry.

For starters, the Request for Proposal specifically states that no proposer may contact City personnel regarding the proposal.  Not only did Terrance Horton violate this provision of the RFP, Mr. Horton had a gala celebrating the awarding of the contract before the RFP period even concluded.  City Councilmembers Yuhanna Edwards, Marcus Griffith, and Roberta Apuzzo were also in attendance.

What is even more troubling is that Davis, Horton, and Griffith went to Korea to meet with a company that they promised business to regarding the street light conversion.  That smells fishy.  How can Mayor promise a company business and why would a company promise to invest millions opening up a LED factory in Mount Vernon if they weren't guaranteed the contract?  How can Mount Vernon officials mandate that a proposer purchase from a specific manufacturer?

Sources have told Mount Vernon Exposed that Horton and his attorneys personally drafted then RFP then handed it to the City for distribution to the public.  The RFP is tailored in such a way that only Horton's company or those picked by Davis would be awarded the contract.

The F.B.I. must put Ernie under the microscope like never before he bankrupts the City of Mount Vernon.  The F.B.I. should also look at all of the vendors who were emailed RFP and start looking into their relationships with criminal Mayor Davis and their business practices.  We can be certain that they will find something for sure. 



To be continued.............